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Freezer Storage: How Long Can You Keep These Frozen Foods?

05/07/2015 02:11 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 12:59 EDT
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Just because it's frozen doesn't mean it lasts forever.

In the infographic below, FreezerLabels.net provides government-recommended timelines for storing foods in the freezer. From breads to broths to meats and milk, the handy graphic suggests a range of months to help you know when your foods need to be tossed.

While freezing foods stops the growth of bacteria, it also slowly diminishes quality and flavour. And that's only if you package your food correctly.

According to Health Canada, thousands of Canadians get food poisoning every year and food storage is often to blame.

For the freshest flavour, Eat Right Ontario suggests cooling your food before freezing, keeping the temperature at a chilly -18ºC, and most importantly, following the first in, first out rule every time (making sure to use the oldest ingredients first).

Check out the infographic below to find out when you should toss your favourite frozen foods, then let us know in the comments below which foods can always be found in your freezer.

Frozen Food - Recommended Storage Times

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